Roy’s Blog: “Zion”

Psalm 137:1 “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.”

The term “Zion” was first used for the ancient stronghold built on one of Jerusalem’s hills, but came to refer to the city itself. To remember Zion, was to remember Jerusalem.

Daniel made sure that his home in Babylon, where he had been taken as a captive, had windows facing Jerusalem. He would open those windows and pray in that direction three times a day. Trusting God’s faithfulness, Daniel remained faithful even under threat of death.

In Psalm 137:5-6, we read the pledge that became central for the Jewish people around the earth, “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget her skill, my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.”

For hundreds of years, Jews have ended their Passover Sedar with the phrase, “Next year in Jerusalem.” No matter where they were…they did not forget God’s promises.

Israel was “reborn” on May 14, 1948. They regained control of Jerusalem in 1967. God has kept His promises. We shouldn’t forget that we have promises from God as well. And God keeps His promises! He is coming again!

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